Bell Challenges the Two Chris Browns to Debate in Every Town

Former Assistant Atlantic County Prosecutor Colin Bell, Democratic candidate for State Senate in New Jersey's 2nd Legislative District, challenged his two opponents to debate at least once in all 17 municipalities in the district.

"I look forward to shining the light on my two opponents in this race -- Trenton's Chris Brown and Atlantic County's Chris Brown. For years Trenton's Chris Brown has voted against the hard-working residents and businesses of Atlantic County while his counterpart, Atlantic County Chris Brown, goes out and sells voters on the opposite.

'It's time for the voters of Atlantic County to see through Mr. Brown's charade for what he really is -- just another Trenton politician willing to do and say anything to get elected.

'Therefore I challenge Chris Brown to debate me in every municipality in our district, at least once, and I invite members of the press to cover them all. Let's see which Chris Brown shows up.

'Atlantic County deserves better than what Mr. Brown has to offer -- empty election promises, name calling and insults. I'm running because I believe there's a better way for Atlantic County and I look forward to sharing my vision for a bright future with the voters."

Weinberg Condemns Atlantic County Freeholder's Misogynist Rhetoric

TRENTON – Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) today condemned Atlantic County Freeholder John Carman for using misogynist images to ridicule the Women's March on Washington:

“I was proud to join hundreds of thousands of women in Washington as they rallied for gender equality and against bigotry,” said Senator Weinberg. “Unfortunately, Freeholder Carman, who was elected by the citizens of Atlantic County to represent them, finds humor in the idea that women should stay home and make dinner rather than exercise our First Amendment rights.”

The Press of Atlantic City today reported on images Freeholder Carman posted on his personal Facebook page, including one image of a woman in a kitchen with the tagline “Will the Woman's March be over in time for them to cook dinner?” Another image on Carman's page joked that there was a “large sandwich making party” in Washington on Saturday.

“On behalf of women all across New Jersey, I'm here to tell Freeholder Carman that we're not going anywhere,” added Weinberg. “We are going to continue to march, to speak up, and to fight for a society that cherishes inclusion and equality.

“The post wasn’t even funny, but perhaps, worst of all, gave us insight into the freeholder’s thought processes. I hope that Atlantic County women attend the next freeholder meeting to let Mr. Carman know that not all women cook, but they probably do vote.”

FREEHOLDER'S MISOGYNIST SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTS DESPICABLE

Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Michael Suleiman strongly condemned Atlantic County Freeholder John Carman today for his misogynistic and discriminatory posts on his personal Facebook page.

"On Saturday, millions of women all across the country and the world stood up to hate, intolerance, and misogyny," said Suleiman. "That same day, Freeholder Carman embraced the very hate, intolerance, and misogyny just to get a few shallow 'likes' on Facebook. It was classless and his actions should be condemned by Republicans and Democrats alike. Standing up for equal rights for women shouldn't be a partisan issue." 

On Saturday, Freeholder Carman posted an image of a woman in a kitchen with the tagline "Will the Woman's March be over in time for them to cook dinner?"

In another post, Carman posted another image stating "There must be a large sandwich making class going on in DC today," making reference to the Women's March.

"Freeholder Carman's posts may have gotten a chuckle from his buddies, but for one of our elected officials to embrace misogyny so openly is an embarrassment to all of Atlantic County. He needs to issue an apology immediately and without reservation for offending the tens of thousands of women he represents on the Freeholder Board," added Suleiman.

Atlantic City Democratic Committee Thanks Senator Jim Whelan for his Many Years of Government Service

FROM: Joyce Mollineaux, Municipal Chair

The Atlantic City Democratic Committee wishes to salute and thank Senator Jim Whelan for his decades of public service to the residents of Atlantic City. Jim Whelan’s life story is a story of service to his Atlantic City Community, where he has lived and served as a lifeguard, teacher, coach, Councilman, Mayor, Assemblyman and finally State Senator. Just as he braved the waves of the Atlantic as a lifeguard and as a championship swimmer, Jim always gave a 100% effort to helping Atlantic City brave the waves of economic fortune and hardship that have been the hallmark of this great City. Although he may have made the decision to enter a long-deserved retirement, we know that Jim will continue to be an instrument of positive change for Atlantic City families. We wish Senator Whelan and his wife Kathy all the best in retirement.

The Atlantic City Democrats look forward to working with our County and State Democrat Leadership in helping to elect a new Democratic Senator to fill the very large shoes of Senator Whelan and to continue the fight for an improved quality of life for the residents of Atlantic City and throughout the Second Legislative District.

The Atlantic City Democrat Committee urge all Democrats to support and elect our next Democrat Senator in the June election.

Mazzeo Announces Candidacy for State Senate

Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-Atlantic) announced today that he will seeking the 2nd District Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senator Jim Whelan.

"I am proud to announce my candidacy for state Senate and thank Senator Whelan for his distinguished career in public service. Today, Atlantic County is facing historic economic challenges. In many ways, we stand at a crossroads and I am committed to rolling up my sleeves as I do every day running a successful small business to do the hard work necessary to ensure our best days are ahead of us," said Mazzeo.

Assemblyman Mazzeo has fought tirelessly for Atlantic County's seniors, women, veterans, small businesses and middle-class families. He has been on the forefront of combating the ongoing deadly heroin and opioid epidemic, fighting for shared services and consolidation to save taxpayers their hard-earned money, stood up for our veterans and active duty military personnel, and stabilized Atlantic City's property tax assessments that have crippled our economy. Assemblyman Mazzeo has taken on the state's predatory lending program which is financially stifling a new generation of college students and is working to expand tax credit programs to keep and bring new businesses to Atlantic County to create local sustainable jobs.

Assemblyman Mazzeo continued, "Lowering property taxes and bringing new jobs and industries to Atlantic County must be our top priority to tackle the affordability crisis we face. Additionally, we must restore funding for essential women's healthcare services, lower Atlantic County's worst in the nation foreclosure rates, reform a broken school aid formula robbing Atlantic County children of our their fair share and stand in defiance of any attempts to resurrect schemes -- in contradiction of the voters -- to expand casino gaming outside of Atlantic City."

Several media outlets have reported that Republican Assemblyman Chris Brown is likely to seek the state Senate seat, and Mazzeo commented, "If Assemblyman Brown enters the race, I truly hope we can have a positive dialogue on the merits of our ideas rather than resort to his gutter political tactics of 2015. It is okay that we have clear differences, but the challenges facing Atlantic County require an honest discussion of how we create a path to progress. This campaign isn't about the candidates, it must be about the residents, businesses and the future of Atlantic County."

The Mazzeo campaign is also proud to announce the endorsement of outgoing Senator Jim Whelan, whose record of service to Atlantic County stretches back over 30 years. "I've made a career of telling people the truth, not just want they want to hear. Vince Mazzeo does the same thing. In the race of workhorses versus showhorses, I'm putting my money on Vince Mazzeo every time. One of the many reasons I'm supporting Vince Mazzeo is because Chris Brown has proved time and again he cares more about playing politics and telling people what they want to hear than working to get struggling families back on their feet. Atlantic County doesn't need more talking heads or panderers; we need more leaders who put words into action to defend our community. That's Vince Mazzeo."

Letter: Brown on both sides of A.C. takeover issues

While I am a big fan of Bill Murray, Assemblyman Chris Brown’s recent op-ed comparing the current political situation in Atlantic City to “Groundhog Day” was pretty disingenuous. Brown voted for the so-called “takeover” bill that he is now bashing and voted for legislation to halt costly casino tax appeals that he is now railing against. Brown has shown that he is a typical Trenton politician who wants to be on both sides of every issue.

There is a big difference between changing one’s mind and flip-flopping on issues for political gain. Brown has shown that he prefers the latter. I’d rather have a leader who is clear on where he or she stands on the issues.

Michael Maurer

Galloway Township

The Press of Atlantic City - 1/3/17

Atlantic County Democrats Seeking 2017 Candidates

MARGATE – In the spirit of openness and transparency, the Atlantic County Democratic Committee is seeking hard-working, distinguished members of the community to run for elected office at the county and local levels in the 2017 election.
 
“Since the disappointing results of the presidential election, we’ve seen a drastic increase in the number of people who want to get involved in the democratic process,” said Mary Slomine, Vice Chairwoman of the Atlantic County Democrats. “We look forward to reviewing resumes of prospective candidates who want to make a difference in their communities.”
 
Those who are interested in running for office or would like to learn more about becoming a candidate are asked to submit a resume and a cover letter (500-word maximum) to info@atlanticdemocrats.com. Resumes will be referred to a review committee.

Whelan & Mazzeo Bill to Help Businesses Stay in Atlantic County Signed into Law

Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Whelan and Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D - Atlantic) that would help existing industrial businesses in the Pinelands grow and create jobs was signed into law by Governor Christie today.
 
The law would allow existing rural development areas zoned for industrial use in the Pinelands to qualify for incentives through the Grow New Jersey and Economic Redevelopment and Growth (ERG) programs.
 
"This is a great day for Atlantic County," said Senator Whelan. "Working in a bipartisan fashion, we were able to implement a law that is going to help Atlantic County's largest manufacturing facility expand and create jobs."

"Atlantic County families are still reeling from the recent casino closings," said Assemblyman Mazzeo. "Extending incentives to companies who want to stay and grow in New Jersey will provide a much-needed lifeline to our region while at the same time having no negative effect on our beautiful Pinelands."
 
The new law will help Comar, a company located in Buena Vista Township that manufactures plastic bottles and other specialty packaging materials for medication, powders, supplements, and more. Given the company's growth, Comar is at the point that it needs to expand its existing facility or it will be forced to leave New Jersey. Once Comar gets assistance from the state Economic Development Authority to expand, it will create approximately 150 new jobs and bring in more tax revenue to the township.
 
"I appreciate Senator Whelan and Assemblyman Mazzeo's leadership on this issue," said Buena Vista Township Mayor Chuck Chiarello."Our region cannot afford to lose any more jobs or businesses. This new law is a win-win for Comar and Atlantic County."
 
Senator Whelan and Assemblyman Mazzeo noted that he solicited feedback from various environmental groups on the legislation, including the Sierra Club. Comar will not be increasing its footprint, and the law narrowly applies to existing businesses already zoned for industrial use.

South Jersey Democrats Endorse Murphy for Governor

Murphy To Run On Team Of Regular Democratic Party Organization Candidates Led By Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, And Including Party-Endorsed Candidates For County Row Offices and Boards of Freeholders

The Democratic Party leadership in Southern New Jersey has endorsed Phil Murphy for governor, saying he has the experience and vision to revitalize the state's economy and bring needed reforms to Trenton.

Murphy and the region's Democratic leaders have agreed to run together with all candidates endorsed by the county party organizations for State Senate, General Assembly, and county Row Offices and Boards of Freeholders. Their names will appear in the Regular Democratic Organization column in each of the seven southern New Jersey counties.

In endorsing Murphy, the region's Democratic county chairs, State Senate and General Assembly candidates praised his plans to grow the state's economy by investing in infrastructure and innovative business, fully funding public schools to relieve pressure on local taxpayers, and to make college more affordable. They said he would be a champion of middle- and working-class residents whose financial hardships require a governor who understands those concerns and has the fresh, bold ideas needed to resolve them.

In a joint statement supporting Murphy, the county chairmen said:

"Our next governor must be someone with new ideas for moving our economy ahead and making the state a better place to call home. After meeting with Ambassador and talking about our shared middle-class values, we are proud to give him our support.

"We are all concerned about the political hostility and divisive rhetoric so common in our nation and here in our state. We believe that Phil has the temperament and desire to help bridge those divides and bring competence and civility to Trenton. It's time for us to come together to focus on rejuvenating our economy, creating good jobs at livable wages, and ensuring that every child can receive a world-class education from kindergarten through college.

"To accomplish these goals, we need a governor who shares New Jersey's values and who will work in partnership with us to make them a reality. Phil Murphy will be that partner -- and he will be that governor. He is the only candidate with the ability to bring people together for the common good.

"Especially now, faced with the uncertainties of a Donald Trump presidency, we need a governor with the strength and commitment to stand up for New Jersey, a governor who will guide our state with a strong but fair hand. As Democrats, but more importantly as citizens of America, our road back begins right here in New Jersey in 2017.

"Over the coming months, we look forward to joining with Phil as he meets with the residents of South Jersey and listens to their concerns. And we look forward to working with him to confront the serious challenges facing our state."

Chairman Michael Suleiman, Atlantic County
Chairman Joseph Andl, Burlington County
Chairman and State Senator Jim Beach, Camden County
Chairman Jeff Sutherland, Cape May County
Chairman Doug Long, Cumberland County
Chairman and State Senator Fred Madden, Gloucester County
Chairman Steve Caltabiano, Salem County

Suleiman Condemns GOP's Anti-Union Rhetoric

Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Michael Suleiman condemned the Atlantic County Republicans for their anti-union rhetoric and attacks on the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters:

"I am deeply troubled by the anti-union rhetoric emanating from the Atlantic County Republicans. They believe the Koch brothers should be allowed to spend billions of dollars influencing our elections, but a labor union supports one of its own for elected office and that’s bad? This is especially ironic considering Republicans in Atlantic County have received $120,000 from the Carpenters Union since 2006.
 
"I’m proud that our candidates have the support of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters, and I’m especially proud that we have the opportunity to elect Union carpenter Steve Stokes to the Freeholder Board on Tuesday.
 
"Our party will always stand side-by-side with organized labor to improve the lives of working families in Atlantic County."